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The Story of Reason in Islam
TITLE: The Story of Reason in Islam
AUTHOR: Sari Nusseibeh
PUBLISHER: Stanford University Press

DESIGNER: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein
ART DIRECTOR: Rob Ehle
DESIGN FIRM: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein



The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones
TITLE: The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones
AUTHOR: Rich Cohen
PUBLISHER: RANDOM HOUSE; Spiegel & Grau

ART DIRECTOR: GREG MOLLICA



The Vanishing Futurist
TITLE: The Vanishing Futurist
AUTHOR: Charlotte Hobson
PUBLISHER: Faber & Faber

DESIGNER: La Boca
ART DIRECTOR: Luke Bird
DESIGN FIRM: La Boca



The Waiting Room
TITLE: The Waiting Room
AUTHOR: Author: Leah Kaminsky / Editor: Hannah Wood
PUBLISHER: Harper

DESIGNER: Sarah Brody



THE WALL OF THE ABYSM / LA PARED DEL ABISMO. NURIA FUSTER
TITLE: THE WALL OF THE ABYSM / LA PARED DEL ABISMO. NURIA FUSTER
AUTHOR: NURIA FUSTER
PUBLISHER: FUNDACI_N BOT_N / GALER_A MARTA CERVERA

DESIGNER: ENA CARDENAL DE LA NUEZ
DESIGN FIRM: ENA CARDENAL DE LA NUEZ



The Wangs Vs. the World
TITLE: The Wangs Vs. the World
AUTHOR: Jade Chang
PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

DESIGNER: Kimberly Glyder
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Sullivan
DESIGN FIRM: Kimberly Glyder



The wasted vigil
TITLE: The wasted vigil
AUTHOR: Nadeem Aslam
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Rymn Massand
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rymn Massand
DESIGN FIRM: +RYMN



The Widow
TITLE: The Widow
AUTHOR: Fiona Barton
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Anthony Ramondo
ART DIRECTOR: Anthony Ramondo



The Widower
TITLE: The Widower
AUTHOR: Ned White
PUBLISHER: Three Rocks Press

DESIGNER: Carla White
DESIGN FIRM: Serenity Communications



The Writing Teacher's Companion
TITLE: The Writing Teacher's Companion
AUTHOR: Ralph Fletcher
PUBLISHER: Scholastic

DESIGNER: Brian LaRossa
ART DIRECTOR: Brian LaRossa
DESIGN FIRM: In-House



Theinhardt Grotesk __Type Analysis
TITLE: Theinhardt Grotesk __Type Analysis
AUTHOR: Kevin Kremer, Miriam Rieger
PUBLISHER: Self Published




This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
TITLE: This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism
AUTHOR: Ashton Applewhite
PUBLISHER: Networks Books

DESIGNER: Rebeca M_ndez
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rebeca M_ndez
ART DIRECTOR: Rebeca M_ndez
DESIGN FIRM: Rebeca M_ndez Studio



Three women
TITLE: Three women
AUTHOR: Rabindra Nath Tagore
PUBLISHER: Random House

DESIGNER: Rymn Massand
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rymn Massand
DESIGN FIRM: +Rymn



Typography 37: The Annual of the Type Directors Club
TITLE: Typography 37: The Annual of the Type Directors Club
AUTHOR: Type Directors Club
PUBLISHER: Verlag Hermann Schmidt

DESIGNER: Michael McCaughley, Matt Kay
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Bobby C. Martin Jr.
DESIGN FIRM: OCD | The Original Champions of Design



Ulisses
TITLE: Ulisses
AUTHOR: Rui Moreira
PUBLISHER: Porto Editora

DESIGNER: Rui Moreira
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Rui Moreira
ART DIRECTOR: Rui Moreira
DESIGN FIRM: Design P_blico



Uma rapariga _ uma coisa inacabada
TITLE: Uma rapariga _ uma coisa inacabada
AUTHOR: Eimear McBride
PUBLISHER: Elsinore

DESIGNER: Luis Alegre / Ideias com Peso
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lu_s Alegre
ART DIRECTOR: Lu_s Alegre
DESIGN FIRM: Ideias com Peso



Umberto Eco Series
TITLE: Umberto Eco Series
AUTHOR: Umberto Eco
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing

DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative



Unbearable Splendor
TITLE: Unbearable Splendor
AUTHOR: Sun Yung Shin
PUBLISHER: Coffee House Press

DESIGNER: Karl Engebretsion
ART DIRECTOR: Karl Engebretson



Undying
TITLE: Undying
AUTHOR: Michel Faber
PUBLISHER: Canongate Books

ART DIRECTOR: Rafaela Romaya



UNFINISHED BUSINESS PAINTINGS FROM THE 1970s AND 1980s BY ROSS BLECKNER, ERIC FISCHL AND DAVID SALLE
TITLE: UNFINISHED BUSINESS PAINTINGS FROM THE 1970s AND 1980s BY ROSS BLECKNER, ERIC FISCHL AND DAVID SALLE
AUTHOR: DAVID PAGEL WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS BY TERRIE SULTAN INTERVIEW BY TERRIE SULTAN SPECIAL CONTRIBUTION BY MARY HEILMANN
PUBLISHER: Parrish Art Musuem/ DelMonico Books/ Prestel

DESIGNER: Eileen Boxer
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Eileen Boxer
DESIGN FIRM: BoxerDesign



Vanity Fair_s Writers on Writers
TITLE: Vanity Fair_s Writers on Writers
AUTHOR: Editor: Graydon Carter
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books | Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Colin Webber
ART DIRECTOR: Roseanne Serra
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Art Group



Vessels
TITLE: Vessels
AUTHOR: Daniel Raeburn
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

DESIGNER: Strick & Williams
ART DIRECTOR: Ingsu Liu



Village Atheists: How America_s Unbeliever_s Made Their Way in a Godly Nation
TITLE: Village Atheists: How America_s Unbeliever_s Made Their Way in a Godly Nation
AUTHOR: Leigh Eric Schmidt
PUBLISHER: Princeton University Press

DESIGNER: Chris Ferrante
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maria Lindenfeldar



Violent Sensations
TITLE: Violent Sensations
AUTHOR: Scott Spector
PUBLISHER: University of Chicago Press

DESIGNER: Kevin Quach
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro
ART DIRECTOR: Jill Shimabukuro



Virginia and Vita
TITLE: Virginia and Vita
AUTHOR: Christine Orban
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing

DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom Creative



Wanderlust
TITLE: Wanderlust
AUTHOR: Simon Foster
PUBLISHER: Amazon

DESIGNER: Robert Wakeland
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Robert Wakeland
ART DIRECTOR: Robert Wakeland



War and Peace
TITLE: War and Peace
AUTHOR: Lev Tolstoy
PUBLISHER: Yordam Yay_nlar_ / Publications

DESIGNER: Savas Cekic
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Savas Cekic
ART DIRECTOR: Savas Cekic
DESIGN FIRM: Savas Cekic Design



Wasting Time on the Internet
TITLE: Wasting Time on the Internet
AUTHOR: Author: Kenneth Goldsmith / Editor: Eric Meyers
PUBLISHER: Harper

DESIGNER: Milan Bozic



We Eat Our Own
TITLE: We Eat Our Own
AUTHOR: Kea Wilson
PUBLISHER: Scribner

DESIGNER: Jamie Keenan
ART DIRECTOR: Jaya Miceli



We_re Still Right, They_re Still Wrong
TITLE: We_re Still Right, They_re Still Wrong
AUTHOR: James Carville
PUBLISHER: Blue Rider Press

DESIGNER: Jason Booher



Welcome Thieves
TITLE: Welcome Thieves
AUTHOR: Sean Beaudoin
PUBLISHER: Algonquin Books

DESIGNER: Christopher Sergio
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Anne Winslow
ART DIRECTOR: Anne Winslow
DESIGN FIRM: Christopher Sergio Design



What is Subjectivity?
TITLE: What is Subjectivity?
AUTHOR: Jean-Paul Sartre
PUBLISHER: Can Publishing

DESIGNER: Utku Lomlu
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
ART DIRECTOR: Utku Lomlu
DESIGN FIRM: Lom creative



What Love Is
TITLE: What Love Is
AUTHOR: Carrie Jenkins
PUBLISHER: Basic Books - Hachette Book Group

DESIGNER: Nicole Caputo
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nicole Caputo
ART DIRECTOR: Nicole Caputo



Where the Bird Sings Best (paperback)
TITLE: Where the Bird Sings Best (paperback)
AUTHOR: Alejandro Jodorowsky
PUBLISHER: Restless Books

DESIGNER: Richard Ljoenes
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
ART DIRECTOR: Richard Ljoenes
DESIGN FIRM: Regan Arts



White Sands
TITLE: White Sands
AUTHOR: Geoff Dyer
PUBLISHER: Canongate Books

DESIGNER: Peter Adlington
DESIGN FIRM: Canongate Books



White Trash
TITLE: White Trash
AUTHOR: Nancy Isenberg
PUBLISHER: Viking

DESIGNER: Jaya Miceli
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Paul Buckley



Why Drag?
TITLE: Why Drag?
AUTHOR: Magnus Hastings / Sarah Malarkey
PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

DESIGNER: Michael Morris



Why Fonts Matter
TITLE: Why Fonts Matter
AUTHOR: Sarah Hyndman
PUBLISHER: Gingko Press

DESIGNER: Sarah Hyndman



Why They Run The Way They Do
TITLE: Why They Run The Way They Do
AUTHOR: Susan Perabo
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster

DESIGNER: Alison Forner
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jackie Seow



Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel
TITLE: Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel
AUTHOR: Pedro Cabiya, Translated by Jessica Powell
PUBLISHER: Mandel Vilar Press

DESIGNER: Lindsay Starr



Wittgenstein and Religion
TITLE: Wittgenstein and Religion
AUTHOR: Dewi Zephaniah Phillips
PUBLISHER: SBU Press

DESIGNER: Arman Khorramak
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Arman Khorramak
ART DIRECTOR: Arman Khorramak



Wonderland
TITLE: Wonderland
AUTHOR: Steven Johnson
PUBLISHER: Riverhead Books | Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Ben Denzer
ART DIRECTOR: Helen Yentus
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Art Group



XXV Bienal de Arquitectura
TITLE: XXV Bienal de Arquitectura
AUTHOR: Maarten Goossens
PUBLISHER: Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos (SCA)

DESIGNER: Margarita Garc_a
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Nicol_s Consuegra, Margarita Garc_a and M_nica P_ez
ART DIRECTOR: Nicol_s Consuegra
DESIGN FIRM: Tangrama



Yoro
TITLE: Yoro
AUTHOR: Marina Perezagua
PUBLISHER: Elsinore

DESIGNER: Ricardo Nunes / ideias com Peso
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Lu_s Alegre
ART DIRECTOR: Lu_s Alegre
DESIGN FIRM: Ideias com Peso



You Only Have to Be Right Once
TITLE: You Only Have to Be Right Once
AUTHOR: Randall Lane and the staff of Forbes
PUBLISHER: Portfolio | Penguin Random House

DESIGNER: Henry James Nuhn
ART DIRECTOR: Christopher Sergio
DESIGN FIRM: Penguin Art Group



You'll Grow Out Of It
TITLE: You'll Grow Out Of It
AUTHOR: Jessi Klein
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

ART DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Connor



Your Father Sends His Love
TITLE: Your Father Sends His Love
AUTHOR: Stuart Evers
PUBLISHER: W.W. Norton

DESIGNER: Keenan
ART DIRECTOR: Francine Kass



Zigzag
TITLE: Zigzag
AUTHOR: Bill Pronzini
PUBLISHER: Forge Books

DESIGNER: Michael Graziolo
ART DIRECTOR: Seth Lerner
DESIGN FIRM: Drive Communications



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Observed


“As a person who spent the first part of my career as a graphic designer and art director, I immediately saw the visual power and nearly infinite graphic possibilities of this image.” In today's New York Times, Charles Blow discusses the irrefutable power of an iconic photograph.

In New York City, The Design Trust for Public Space is looking for photographers with “unique lenses on an equitable water future for New York”. Deadline for entry is 11 August. More here.

One artist's (musical) cry for help—or at least, fewer fast-food franchises in North Adams, Massachusetts.

“My design philosophy is to make people happy and comfortable in their environment,” says the 83-year old Irish designer known simply by her first name—Clodagh. “Since I don’t know the rules, I can actually break them all the time.” 

Design for accessibility, blessedly, is on the minds of architects and builders all over the world. Given the fact that an estimated 15-20% of the population is neurodivergent, commercial buildings are increasingly working to become more welcoming, inclusive, and comfortable for all individuals.

“While designers are eager for praise and acclaim and create an aura of ostensibly cultured and intellectual pursuit, often involving awards and accolades, design itself takes no responsibility for what happens when things go wrong.” An excerpt from Manuel Lima's latest book.  

Scientists are designing a space suit that converts urine into drinking water. More here.

Graphology geeks, rejoice! A new book featuring a selection of treasures from the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford is out from our friends at University of Chicago Press.

Sad but true: according to Q1 data collected by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, undergraduates choosing to major in Art History, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, and Graphic Design are associated with the highest rates of unemployment across the nation.

The Underground Railroad Stamps, for the United States Postal Service—released in May— feature 10 portraits of some of the men and women who escaped slavery and/or helped others escape: Catharine Coffin, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Garrett, Laura Haviland, Lewis Hayden, Harriet Jacobs, William Lambert, Jermain Loguen, William Still and Harriet Tubman. Designed by Antonio Alcalá, of Studio A,  the stamp, observes Steven Heller, “has done an important job of teaching American history to the public through these miniature ‘posters’ ”.

Randy Hunt is the new chair of the MFA “Designer as Entrepreneur” program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, succeeding founding co-chairs Steven Heller and Lita Talarico.

At Tulane, architecture students build homes for the homeless.

Cesar Rivera—who leads design for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta—has been named the next board chair of AIGA.

Founded in 1944 by Winston Churchill’s government to help accelerate post-war economic growth, The UK Design Council is on a mission to put the planet at the heart of the sector’s work.

Figma's new AI tool hits a roadblock.

Unlike most of the world, Iceland's design scene skews overwhelmingly female. Nat Barker explores what makes the tiny Nordic nation so different.

"If MoMA is going to get serious about this world, it needs to start by dumping the whole concept of “Latin America” and start getting specific." Carolina A. Miranda skillfully reviews Crafting Modernity, an exhibition about design (yes, in Latin America) that runs through the summer at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Logo lunacy for the New York Jets!

Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan—a philosopher, neuroscientist, geostrategist, and futurologist who currently leads the Geopolitics and Global Futures Department at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland—holds strong opinions about architecture, which he characterizes as “an intrinsically philosophical enterprise grounded in aesthetics and ethics, including theories of human nature”. And he has something to say about its future, particularly in the age of artificial intelligence.

Co. Design is now Fast Company Design.

From our friends at the MITPress Reader (an occasional newsletter that we can't recommend highly enough), the architect Moshe Safdie offers a beautiful remembrance of steps—and insights on their complexity—that led him to a life in design. (Also in this edition: graphic design enthusiasts will love this story on the design of the original edition of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's Learning from Las Vegas.)

At The Design Museum in London, a more "rainbow-hued version of the Barbie universe". 

Right-leaning public interest groups have filed a barrage of federal lawsuits intended to dismantle long-standing corporate and government programs that consider race in job placement. With an alleged goal of “complete race neutrality” (a view of radical equality that, for example, lawyers for the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty think is “in line with the Declaration of Independence”) litigants are chippping away at the use of affirmative action across America.  

As we wind down Pride Month 2024, a look at how queer theory apples to urban design: as theory and practice grows more empathetic towards the needs of its diverse stakeholders, queer urban design brings a broad and holistic shift to understanding identity and community in publicly inhabited spaces, challenging traditional (and often rigid) methods of city planning by applying more inclusive criteria to reflect fluidity and interconnectedness. 

Longevity, by Design: Apple has published a 24-page document outlining its key principles for designing hardware that endures.

Manchester City released a brand-new club font to use on the player’s shirts. But instead of tapping the skills of renowned typeface firms who routinely work with sports teams and brands, the Premier League champions asked former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher to submit a brief. So he did! And the crowd went wild.

Designer Vivienne Westwood’s personal wardrobe goes to auction.

The UK's Design Council has announced a plan to upskill one million designers for the green transition by 2030. Their report, A Blueprint for Renewal: Design and Technology Education, was published with a group of 20 design and education organizations. 

The Peabody-award nominated audio documentarians at Scene on Radio have just dropped CAPITALISM. A full season, a dozen or so episodes, exploring the world's dominant economic system -- how people shaped it over time and what to do about it now that more and more people see capitalism as the problem, not the solution. Produced by host/producer John Biewen with co-host Design Observer’s Ellen McGirt and story editor Loretta Williams, among other amazing collaborators.  The trailer is here; find it wherever you get your podcasts.

Speaking of AI, Kevin Bethune would like a word with Adobe. 



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